Researching hair transplant options

image of man I have been talking to a clinic, actually a global group about hair transplants. This is a subject area that is rarely talked about which makes it perfect for my blog and informing my readers. I have always found that topics that are not talked about are usually the most read articles as people don’t like to seek advice, even from their GP, they would rather research online.

I spoke with the director of DHI Australia who specialise in Hair transplants in Melbourne. The reason I choose to speak to this specific clinic is because they are doing something a bit different

than the average hair transplant clinic.

While DHI can be classified or they fall under a “hair transplant clinic”, they actually call themselves a “Direct Hair Implantation Clinic”. The reason for this is there are many techniques that focus on the extraction of hair. There are two main traditional techniques, these are FUE or FUT.

  1. hair folliculesFollicular Unit Transplant (FUT) – donor hair follicles are removed in a long thin strip of scalp and divided into single units under a microscope. The site where the scalp is removed is then sewn back together. This procedure is fairly commonly used in Australia as it minimises the time required for the extraction by a surgeon and is relatively cost-effective. However, it creates a long thin scar to the back of the patients’ scalp that may be visible under short hair.
  2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – a punch is used to make a small circular cut in the skin around a hair follicle or group of follicles, removing them from the scalp, leaving a small open hole. The process is repeated until the surgeon has enough follicles to cover the treatment area. The holes heal to tiny white scars throughout the donor area and can be undetectable depending on the skill of the surgeon. These scars heal quicker and are less visible than FUT.


The third technique is one DHI have pioneered. Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) – The DHI sessions are performed by a Certified Doctor from start to finish. The follicles are extracted with a specialised tool designed to minimise damage to the hair follicle and surrounding scalp tissue. Individual follicles are kept in a growth solution called HypoThermosolTM at a constant temperature to ensure optimum development and growth after placement. HypoThermosolTM is generally used in major organ transplant procedures and results in maximised hair survival rate. Hair follicles are implanted using another specialised tool, the DHI implanter, that allows the DHI Master Surgeon to control depth, direction and angle of placement, giving you a really natural result. There is also no need to create recipient holes in the treatment area with DHI. This allows the surgeon to obtain higher hair density when necessary.

One thing that appeals to me as a researcher is the amount of content that DHI put on their blog. Here is a selection of four of their blog articles, but they have hundreds on their blog if you are looking for in-depth information.


  • 6 Reasons Why People Go Bald
  • Beard Transplants – Latest Trend Goes Global
  • What To Expect After Your DHI Hair Transplant
  • Science Behind Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)


dhi guideDHI have written a guide that is designed for anyone, male or female who are looking for more information on hair loss and the option of a hair transplant. You can download their free guide by clicking here.

I have enjoyed talking about hair loss with DHI and I hope you have enjoyed reading more information on this topic. If you have any questions or would like anything clarified, you know where I am.


Health, love and happiness – Joanne

pigment treatment even for darker skin

Pigmentation, Patchy Skin in Many Forms

pigment treatment even for darker skinTo look into the issue of pigmentation we spoke with Andrew the owner of Detail Smoother Skin Clinic in Sydney. One of his specialty treatments is using the PicoWay and this is pigmentation removal treatment in Sydney.


What is pigmentation?

Pigmentation can also be referred to as pigmented lesions, these are disturbances in the skin’s colour. Some of the most common concerns in Sydney are age spots, freckles and sun damage. At Detail Smoother skin they use two specialty machines depending on your skin type. The GentleLase Pro and the PicoWay are both medical grade lasers from Syneron-Candela and FDA approved for the treatment of pigmented concerns. The GentleLase Pro targets the melanin content of the skin to even out skin colour and tone and is excellent for lighter skin. The PicoWay is the latest in pigmentation removal for all skin types, light through dark.


What are some of the common names for Pigmented Lesions?

  • pigmentationFreckles on face and chest, referred to as Lentigines.
  • Sun spots, age spots, liver spots are classified as Solar Lentigines and are caused by sun exposure.
  • Birthmarks which are flat and pigmented, referred to as Café au lait Macules
  • Coined the “pregnancy mask”, melasma is caused by hormonal changes often during pregnancy and shows up as grey or brown patches on either side of the face


Some skin types are prone

There are certain skin types that are prone to pigmentation and these are mainly Asian skin or darker skin types. These skin types are also susceptible to acne and later to acne scarring which has lead to a lot of treatments in Sydney for acne scar removal.

In the past darker skin has been a problem for clinics as lasers that create heat through photo thermal activity have often lead to hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation which are further changes to the skins colouring. The big breakthrough in Sydney has been the introduction of the PicoWay laser. Because the PicoWay does not use heat, it actually uses sound to break up the pigment, there is much less risk of complications or side effects. Smoother Skin has seen excellent results for their melasma treatment in Sydney as well as traditional pigment removal treatments.


chest pigmentation removed


Are these treatments safe?

They are safe, all of our devices are FDA approved in the United States of America and TGA approved in Australia for the treatments we are using them on. As a clinic we have very highly trained clinicians who undertake rigorous training before they are able to fire any of our lasers.


What would your advice be for consumers

To take action, too many people suffer from a skin concern but do nothing about it. The first step that anyone needs to make if they believe they have a problem with pigmentation or any other skin concern is to get this looked at by the experts. We offer a free consultation to have your skin assessed and you will then have the information you need to make an informed decision to better your skin. Often it is not the damage or the issue on the skin, it is the problems this causes in confidence, self esteem and so on. The difference we see in customers who have had a tattoo removed or acne scar or cellulite reduced is not so much the physical change (which is what you first notice), but the change to the person and their confidence, their smile. That’s what we love to see at Detail Smoother Skin Clinic in Sydney.


Health, love and happiness – Joanne

Joanne tattoo

The art of tattoo removal

Tattoos have always fascinated me, I have always been someone who knew what I wanted once I saw it and tattoos have fallen right into that bucket. It wasn’t until I got a tattoo that was not done the way I wanted that I had to have a look into tattoo removal in Sydney. Before I started looking into getting my tattoo removed, I thought this would be a case of choosing a clinic near me and going for it. How wrong I was!

I have been researching tattoo removal for a while now and even written a couple of pieces for my work. There have been some big changes in tattoo removal industry in the last 2 years that will mean bigger changes to come once these new machines get some momentum.

Here is a picture of my tattoos below. Luckily no one at work knows I have them, because 1) I don’t have to work in the office much, I can work from home and 2) they are always covered with the shirts I wear. As I don’t have my sleeves done, no one will know unless I choose to tell them.

Joanne tattoo

My research lead me to a clinic in Sydney CBD called Tattoo Removal Specialist. I started seeing their Facebook ads a while ago and what interested me was their blog article which were very well written and very well liked (which tends to go hand in hand). I have referenced a couple in this article on different topics.

Probably the most important article I read from them was “The Cost of Laser Tattoo Removal – PicoWay Vs NanoSecond”

One of the biggest mistakes I almost made and many people do when evaluating different tattoo removal providers is looking at the cost per session. If you do this you will see that some providers are a lot more expensive than others. Taking out the wildly cheaper quotes/ prices from dodgy Chinese import machines that will just scar you, there is a big difference between providers. The reason I found out is because of the machines they use.

A Qswitch is an older machine and relies on a lot of heat in the treatment. This machine is the one which you will see a lower cost per treatment. However if you look at the total cost to get a tattoo removed, you will see a lot of treatments needed. So on a Q-switch you will see between 8 and 15+ sessions needed depending on the colours in your tattoo. So if it is $200 per session you could pay $3,000 + all up.

A Picoway is a newer device that uses more photo-acoustic energy or sounds energy. This doesn’t seem like much of a change but sounds energy vs heat energy means less damage to skin. What this means is you can have more treatments, closer together. As the article above explains and gives an example for a black tattoo on Q-switch takes 18 months, on Picoway takes 6 months. A year difference because you can have treatments 2-3 weeks apart as opposed to 6-8 weeks apart on a Q-switch. Very interesting.

Removing part of my tattoo

I don’t actually want to remove all of my tattoo, I just want to remove the owl from the middle, this was not done well and the detail in it is not there. Not sure what I am going to replace it with yet but have 6 months to decide this 🙂

Joanne owl tattoo

This article I found very helpful in making this decision – “Can I Remove Some Of My Tattoo To Update It? “. What I also found very helpful was their tattoo removal guide, download it, it is a very good read.

tattoo removal guide - ref tattoo removal specialist sydney

So that is about all from me, I have had two sessions already on the Picoway and they have gone really well, only 4 more to go!

Health, love and happiness – Joanne